Resources

Here are some resources for learning more about the various issues related to tar sands and tar shale mining.

Western Resource Advocates site offers this information:

http://westernresourceadvocates.org/blog/us-oil-sands-project-bad-idea-put-on-hold/

Films

Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier, exposes how impending tar sands and oil shale mining would destroy massive, pristine landscapes in Utah and put the already imperiled Colorado River watershed at risk. It would jeopardize drinking water quality and quantity for thirty-six million people downstream. It would increase air pollution in Salt Lake City, where air quality is already the worst in the Nation. It would accelerate climate change. The risks to humanity are staggering. 
http://www.lastrushforthewildwest.com/

White Water, Black Gold
This film provides a great overview of the human rights and environmental impacts of Alberta’s tar sands mines.
http://www.whitewaterblackgold.com/

Background

BLM, Environmental Impact Statement
http://ostseis.anl.gov./documents/peis2012/vol/OSTS_VOLUME_1.pdf

Canadian Geographic
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/jun08/feature_tar_sands3.asp

Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS: Overview of the tar sands extraction process
http://ostseis.anl.gov/guide/tarsands/index.cfm

Emissions and Climate 

Department of Energy, Office of Petroleum Resources
http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/reserves/npr/Tar_Sands_Fact_Sheet.pdf

NRDC: Dirty Fuels
http://www.nrdc.org/energy/dirtyfuels.pdf

Pollution and Health

Alberta Health Services, Cancer Rate in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/rls/ne-rls-2009-02-06-fort-chipewyan-study.pdf

Physicians for a Healthy Environment
http://www.energy.utah.gov/government/strategic_plan/docs/publiccomments/uphe10152010.pdf

Science Daily, “Untold Levels of Oil Sands Pollution On Athabasca River Confirmed.”
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091207151335.htm

Water Consumption

RAND Study
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG414.html

U.S. Government Accountability Office—Water Use Study
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-35

University of Utah Institute for Clean and Secure Water
http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/oil-gas/publications/EPreports/FE0001243_TOR_23110_4.pdf

Economy and Jobs

Cornell University, Global Labor Institute
http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/research/upload/Impact-of-Tar-Sands-Spills-on-Employment-and-the-Economy-summary.pdf

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